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Events: February 2010

RI Local Food Forum

Wednesday, February 3 | 11:30AM - 6:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

A networking opportunity for farmers, restaurants and food service buyers.

This year's theme is "Fresh for All". In addition to general networking and local food discussion, there will be a special focus on
The exciting resurgence of RI agriculture is still just a few years in the making, and it's happening in large part due to the renewed interest of Rhode Islanders in where our food comes from. Yet this success presents new questions:
* Who is not being served by this recent success?
* How do we scale up to meet new demand?

Registration online. Free.

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI and Brown Dining Services at the Andrews Dining Hall, Brown University: Cushing St. & Brown St., Providence, RI.

Contact Jennifer Baumstein at (401) 312-4250 or by e-mail for more information.

Science Cafe: Food Justice and Consumer Choices

Wednesday, February 3 | 8:30PM - 9:30PM | Providence, RI | directions

Which is better: local or organic? What do labels mean when they say “free-range,” “grass-fed,” or “cage-free”? Who gets access to what kinds of foods in urban areas?

Join Kathryn DeMaster, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Brown University, and other community members to discuss these food topics!

Science Café is a joint venture of Brown University’s Superfund Research Program and the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island.

Hosted by Brown University's Superfund Research Program and the Environmental Jusitice League of RI at the AS220: 115 Empire St, Providence, RI.

Contact Ellie Leonardsmith at (914) 475-7514 or by e-mail for more information.

Grow A Garden At Your School - This Year!

Saturday, February 6 | 11:30AM - 3:00PM | Bristol, RI | directions | website

A Very Special Workshop and Q&A with the Children's Garden Network.

The Children's Garden Network Campaign 2010 is assisting communities to grow garden programs at every school in Rhode Island. Here's your chance to learn everything you need to know about year-round sustainable school garden education programs that work!

Learn how to form a committed garden team, design a school garden layout, raise funds and access tools and other resources, incorporate garden activities into your class work, create a field guide for your school's environment, and ensure that students with special needs are always included. Bring your visions and questions for an open and exciting discussion - and let's get growing!

The Children's Garden Network Team includes::
Stu Nunnery, RICAPE and CGN Director - Garden Team Organization and Sustainability
Jo-Anne Pacheco, CGN Administrator and Environmental Educator – Field Guide Developer
Kurt Van Dexter, School Garden Design Leader
Mary Beth Miller, Horticultural Therapist/ Special Needs Programming

Other friends will be on hand to tell you about their own school gardens and experiences.

Hosted by The Children's Garden Network/RICAPE at the Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum: 101 Ferry Road (Rte 114), Bristol, RI.

Contact Jo-Anne Pacheco at (401) 592-0209 or by e-mail for more information.

Flavors of Rhode Island

Saturday, February 6 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Celebrate the local food and wine of Rhode Island. The tasting event allows the farmers and fishermen to showcase their products while our chefs demonstrate their talents.

Eat, drink, learn, and support our Local economy.

Hosted by McCormick and Schmick's at the McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurant: 11 Dorance St, Providence, RI.

Contact Derek Bouchard at (401) 351-4500 for more information.

Roots Down New Bedford

Thursday, February 11 7:00PM - Thursday, March 25 9:00PM | New Bedford, MA | directions | website

We are pleased to announce the dates of our free 2010 Wintertime Organic Garden Planning Workshop Series. 4 Thursdays (Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 18, Mar 25) 4PM-6PM, at the Coachman's House at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum (entrance on 7th st.)

This series of four workshops is geared toward new and experienced gardeners who are interested in learning more about organic growing techniques, connecting with other gardeners, and learning about nutrient dense food production.

Each workshop will build on topics presented in the earlier workshops, so we invite and recommend attending all four dates.

Please RSVP to preregister by contacting the farm.

Hosted by Brix Bounty Farm at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House&Garden Museum: 396 County St., New Bedford, MA.

Contact Derek Christianson at (508) 992-1868 or by e-mail for more information.

Grow A Garden At Your School - This Year!

Saturday, February 13 | 11:30AM - 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

A Very Special Workshop and Q&A with the Children's Garden Network.

The Children's Garden Network Campaign 2010 is assisting communities to grow garden programs at every school in Rhode Island. Here's your chance to learn everything you need to know about year-round sustainable school garden education programs that work!

Learn how to build a committed garden team, design a school garden layout, raise funds and access tools and other resources, incorporate garden activities into your class work, create a field guide for your school's environment, and ensure that students with special needs are always included. Bring your visions and questions for an open and exciting discussion - and let's get growing!

The Children's Garden Network Team includes:
Stu Nunnery, RICAPE and CGN Director - Garden Team Organization and Sustainability
Jo-Anne Pacheco, CGN Administrator and Environmental Educator – Field Guide Developer
Kurt Van Dexter, School Garden Design Leader
Mary Beth Miller, Horticultural Therapist/ Special Needs Programming

Other friends will be on hand to tell you about their own school gardens and experiences..

Registration is required. Seating is limited.

Hosted by The Children's Garden Network/RICAPE at the Providence Children's Museum: 95 Point Street, Providence, RI.

Contact Jo-Anne Pacheco at (401) 592-0209 or by e-mail for more information.

Energizing the Rural Landscape

Thursday, February 18 | 12:30PM - 5:00PM | Auburn, MA | directions

The Southern New England Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SNEC-SWCS) is pleased to announce a diverse lineup of speakers representing government, private sector and community perspectives for a tri-state workshop entitled Energizing the Rural Landscape to be held Thursday, February 18, 2010 at the Periwinkles Restaurant & Banquet Hall in Auburn, MA. The Chapter selected the topic for their annual winter event due to the increasing demand by New England farms, homes and communities for renewable power and energy efficiency upgrades and the rise in government programs and businesses available to support this growing trend toward alternative forms of energy.

“We are looking forward to bringing together presenters from diverse agencies, businesses and organizations to educate workshop participants from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island on how to utilize new programs and opportunities for green energy in rural areas of the tri-state area” said Liz Rogers, President of SNEC-SWCS. The event includes a keynote highlighting the challenges and possibilities for renewables projects provided by Gerry Palano, Alternative Energy Coordinator for Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources as well as panels on the latest state energy programs, tools for renewable energy technology, funding mechanisms and case studies on successful projects from each state. The workshop is being supported by a number of organizations including premier sponsor CME Associates, Inc., contributing sponsors Alteris Renewables, USDA Rural Development and SNEC-SWCS, and in-kind sponsors the Center for Ecological Technology, the Connecticut Farm Energy Program, the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Partnership, the Northeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association, and the Society of Soil Scientists of Southern New England.

For additional information, Contact: Jeff Anliker, SNEC-SWCS Executive Director at 413-213-6885 or anliker@charter.net.

To register, find information on registration fees, or download the agenda for the Energizing the Rural Landscape workshop on Thursday, February 18, 2010 in Auburn, MA, go to http://www.swcssnec.org/events.html. Both SWCS Member and non-member (public) rates are available.

Hosted by Soil and Water Conservation Society at the Periwinkles Restaurant and Banquet Hall in Auburn, MA: 917 Southbridge Road, Auburn, MA.

Contact Jeff Anliker at (413) 213-6885 or by e-mail for more information.

Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Tuesday, February 23 9:00PM - Wednesday, March 24 12:00AM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

In this four-session course, you will set personal and farming goals, assess available resources, determine if farming as a business is right for you, and develop an action plan to guide next steps. Along the way you will take a close look at the realities of working for yourself, in particular what it will take to own and manage a successful agricultural venture. Classes meet 6-9 pm Feb. 23, Mar. 2, Mar. 16, Mar. 23.

Hosted by URI Cooperative Extension at the Bldg. 75, East Farm, University of Rhode Island: Route 108/East Farm Road, Kingston, RI.

Contact Kristen Castrataro at (401) 874-2967 or by e-mail for more information.

Food, Inc. Showing

Wednesday, February 24 10:00PM - Thursday, February 25 12:00AM | Carolina, RI | directions

The Ricmond Farmers' Market will be sponsoring the screening of this powerful movie that exposes how our nation's food supply is controled by a handful of corporations that put profit before consumer health. The film also shows how a handful of farmers are working to promote sustainable agriculture in the United States.

After the screening, the Richmond Farmers' Market will have applications for the 2010 season. Local farmers, food artisans and growers are invited to become a vendor at one of the fastest growing markets in the state. Growers of Rhode Island fruits and vegetables, coffee roasters and brewers, seafood vendors and bakers are especially encouraged to apply. The market has a special trial program for small producers so even backyard growers can get started at the market.

Hosted by Richmond Farmers' Market at the Clark Memorial Library: 7 Pinehurst Drive, Carolina, RI.

Contact Brent Petersen at (401) 000-0000 or by e-mail for more information.

How and Why to Sell at Farmers Markets

Saturday, February 27 | 3:00PM - 5:00PM | Pawtucket, RI | directions

A free workshop and Market Tour for Farmers. Enrollment is limited. Additional sessions will be added if needed. Email or call Jenn for more information and to reserve a spot. Coffee, Tea, and Cider will be provided. Many lunch options at the Market!

- Funded by the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program

Hosted by Farm Fresh RI and the RI Rural Development Council at the Hope Artiste Village: 1005 Main St, Pawtucket, RI.

Contact Jenn Baumstein at (401) 312-4250 or by e-mail for more information.